16 Jun Raising £10,000 cycling from Belfast to Dublin for Children in Need
When the road calls me, it’s normally my motorbike I look toward to get out and enjoy the air. But now I’ve turned my attention to pedal power, with a view to riding form Belfast to Dublin in support of Ricoh’s ongoing commitment to Children in Need.
My commitment to the road and pedals is not alone. On 3 July I will be joined by Ricoh UK’s CEO, Phil Keoghan, and other members of the UK and Irish management teams, when we will be together tackling the 150 mile journey between the two great cities, attempting to raise £10,000.
Now Phil is no stranger to the road, having just been a part of the incredible London to Barcelona bike ride, which over 20 Ricoh staff undertook in May. It seems like I have a lot of catching up to do to hit the endurance levels needed even on this jaunt.
Training up my legs
I quite often go out on a mountain bike on Sunday mornings, but until recently I didn’t even own a road bike. So having made a recent acquisition, I realised that I was going to have to put some training in, prior to our departure on 3 July.
I live in the Guildford area, and we are lucky enough (depending on your point of view) to be surrounded by the Surrey Hills, which means that wherever I go, there is no escaping some pretty steep climbs.
No surprise that this was part of the Olympic road race route in 2012. I have been doing sessions of about 25K including famous hills such as Newlands Corner and Pitch Hill.
My average speed is currently about 18k/hour, and I am looking to get this up to 20+ before the Ireland ride. So far, so good, but more to be done.
Equipment I’m using
I have recently purchased a Specialized Roubaix, with upgraded Groupset to Shimano 105. This basically gives a better set of gears and brakes. The bike is very light weight, but the Roubaix has a particular feature (designed to give a smoother ride on the cobbled streets of the Roubaix section of the Tour de France) which consists of small shock absorbing inserts in the front and rear forks.
The only other essential piece of equipment (apart from a helmet of course) is a very good pair of cycling shorts with gel padding. On the advice of Jonathan Martin of Ricoh Imaging (an avid cyclist) I have acquired a pair of Assos shorts which, whilst they are not the cheapest on the market, provide a really good level of comfort, even in bumpier conditions!
The training required for Belfast to Dublin is relatively small compared to the commitment from our cyclists who did the recent London to Barcelona bike ride, and this had certainly made me realise what an outstanding achievement that was for all involved.
However, for me this is a big challenge, but of course, it pales into insignificance when you consider the difficulties and hardship faced by many youngsters who are supported by Children in Need.
I’m constantly humbled when I see the fantastic work the charity does and more recently, the impact the contribution Ricoh makes to the whole Charity. I strongly encourage you to take a few moments to read these short articles and videos, all of which form the basis of my inspiration.
My request for donations towards Children in Need
I would be very grateful if you could make a small contribution to this whole initiative, by sponsoring the team on our Just Giving page. The link is below, and any amount would be very welcome and appreciated.
On a final note, please don’t forget to tag, bookmark, pencil in or set a reminder for the main Children in Need Appeal Night on the 13 November 2015.
Thank you in advance.